Starting at the end of the month, the WXPN-produced World Cafe radio show will begin taking a closer look at the music of the South with the establishment of a Nashville-based hub.
Dubbed "World Cafe Nashville," the hub will allow the program to focus its coverage more on the music of Southern music cities such as Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Created in partnership with NPR Music, World Cafe Nashville will accomplish that goal through unique recording sessions and interviews with Southern artists.
"This commitment to a deeper dive on World Cafe into the music of Nashville is central to our exploration of regional roots music, whether it be Americana, R&B, gospel, blues, or rock," World Cafe host David Dye said in a statement. "This will be musical discovery with a Southern accent."
Two events at Nashville's City Winery this month will celebrate the launch of World Cafe Nashville. The first, on Oct. 27, will feature a performance from singer-songwriter Eric Church. The second, on Oct. 28, will feature a performance from Steelism and special guests. Both events are free, with tickets being distributed through World Cafe and Nashville's WMOT radio station.